Putin congratulates new French president in call

Laura Christensen
May 20, 2017

Macron was met with open arms and excited crowds when he arrived.

Mr Macron said that he would work with Mrs Merkel on a "road map", and that they needed to work on "deep reforms that are necessary and need common work".

From the German point of view, it's possible to change the treaty if it makes sense.

"If we can say why, what for, what the point is, then Germany will be ready" for treaty change, she said.

Macron said in Berlin Monday there must be a "less bureaucratic" Europe and that he is ready to change European Union treaties if needed.

To be able to assure leadership in the European Union with Merkel, the French president, confronted with the thorny issue of labor market reform and the question of public deficits, is obliged to succeed if he wants to restore confidence, a term which he also hammered out during the press conference.

To that end, Ms. Merkel said she would be ready to discuss changes to the European Union treaty to strengthen the bloc "if it makes sense".

Thirty-two percent of 4,600 registered voters questioned planned to vote for Macron's party, it said.

Merkel told Macron "Europe will only do well if there is a strong France, and I am committed to that".

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Forces of division have been closing in on Le Pen since her electoral loss to centrist Emmanuel Macron, but she dismissed the notion that there were links between her loss and a series of events widely seen as potentially weakening her party.

"Macron clarified his position, saying he did not want Eurobonds or the mutualisation of (eurozone) debt" said Demesmay, referring to the pooling of funding and the build up of previous loans. However, he signalled readiness to look at sharing future burdens.

Those present at the cabinet meeting, the first since ministers were appointed on Wednesday, included economy and budget ministers from the right, a TV environmentalist put in charge of ecology and energy, and a veteran Socialist who was defence minister in the last government and is now in charge of Europe and foreign policy.

Any reforms would likely still have to be held off until after September, when Merkel faces reelection.

Speaking to the newspaper, presidential advisor and economist Alain Minc said: "The relationship with Merkel will be fantastic!"

While some in the Republicans fumed at Philippe's appointment, seeing it as a betrayal on his part, others welcomed it and urged the parties to accept Macron's "outstretched hand".

France's new president is hosting the International Olympic Committee to try to boost Paris' bid to beat out Los Angeles in the heated race for the 2024 Games.

Mrs Merkel called Mr Macron's visit an honour and a sign of the deep friendship between the two European powerhouses.

The announcement of their choice is due later today, a day later than planned, to allow for checks on the "tax status" of potential ministers and any conflicts of interest, the presidency said in a statement.

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